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A Perspective on the Experiential Learning of Computer Architecture

McLoughlin, Ian Vince and Nakano, Koji (2010) A Perspective on the Experiential Learning of Computer Architecture. In: 2010 IEEE/ACM Int'l Conference on Green Computing and Communications & Int'l Conference on Cyber, Physical and Social Computing. IEEE, pp. 868-872. ISBN 978-1-4244-9779-9. (doi:10.1109/GreenCom-CPSCom.2010.71) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:48862)

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Abstract

In many universities, computer architecture is taught using traditional textbook-based methods. However, it is not easy for students to understand how computers work through lecture style courses alone. This paper describes an experiential approach for teaching masters-level advanced computer architecture with the assistance of hands-on laboratory sessions, leading students to implement performance-enhancing additions to a simple stack-based CPU called Tiny CPU originally designed by Nakano of Hiroshima University. From the teaching experience in Nan yang Technological University, analysed in this paper, students manage to quickly grasp the concepts of CPU operation, rapidly investigate the effects of adjusting CPU structure on program execution, and learn the skills-set necessary to enable them to build and improve custom processors later in their careers.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1109/GreenCom-CPSCom.2010.71
Uncontrolled keywords: ce curriculum, computer architecture, computer engineering, computer organization, pedagogy
Subjects: T Technology
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Computing
Depositing User: Ian McLoughlin
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2015 15:14 UTC
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2019 09:11 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/48862 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
McLoughlin, Ian Vince: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7111-2008
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